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LYLEHAVEN: Developing the Dream

Monday, December 16th, 2013
Sue Brown, Farm Manager of Lylehaven

Sue Brown, Farm Manager of Lylehaven

Sometimes we laugh.  Sometimes we cry.  Both emotions rise easily to the surface when Sue Brown, Farm Manager of Lylehaven, looks ahead to May 23, 2014 and the “Celebration of Lylehaven” final sale. Her ready laughter punctuates the stories and at times her memories bring a tear to your eye and put a lump in your throat.

Surrounded by Positive Mentors

Sue has been at Lylehaven almost twenty years.  Previously she worked for ten years for the Briggs family (Brigeen Farms Inc.) “They taught me a lot about cow families”. Her friends and mentors had an impact on her career. “I was good friends with Mike Wilson (Wilsondale Holsteins, Maine).  Basketball and his daughters drew us together and at times I helped the girls do chores. Mike instilled lessons that had a big impact.  “Mike felt that ‘Timing is everything.’  And we were taught a good work ethic which is more important than anybody ever realizes.  He would say, ‘Do a job and do it well!’” These were lessons well learned by a multi-tasking farm manager who, after getting soaking wet on a rainy day while feeding seventeen calves nonchalantly provides insights and stories about Lylehaven.  “I always knew that I wanted to work with animals. After I graduated from University of Maine in Dairy Science, Bob Fitzimmons hired me.”  Sue succeeded Bob when the day came that Bob went on to focus on being General Manager of Carousel Holsteins.

Lylehaven Loyalty

The Lylehaven farm is located in East Montpelier, Vermont and has inspired years of loyalty from those who work there.  Susan points out the commitment of the staff.” There are six staff in total and together they represent 125 years of dedication to Lylehaven. “Three others have worked more than 20 years each.” Sue has high praise for this loyal team. “They treat Lylehaven like their own.  Any time day or night!”  Sue herself is a 24/7 365 day a year manager and is always connected in some way to Lylehaven and cows. “Facebook is a great source of information. I really like it!”  She points out and notes that it is a great way for her and Jerry Rappaport, the owner of Lylehaven, to keep in touch. “Jerry spends the majority of his time in Florida so we communicate by cell phone, emails and Facebook.  He “follows” me. It’s a good way for him to keep in touch with grand kids and great grandkids too.”

Cattle Breeding is About Developing Full Potential

Conversations with Sue easily move between cattle breeding and the showring however she quickly points out. “Cattle showing is not the be-all-and-end-all of my life! There is a lot of stress.  It is not an easy job! ” Indeed Sue Brown’s dedication has all the passion of the show ring enthusiast but is focused in a slightly different direction. “I really enjoy developing cows.  For me that is a bigger thrill than buying a show cow and winning with it.”  Having said that, Sue has developed her cattle searching techniques along with the Lylehaven herd. “Today I go to and search for bulls to use. I used to go to shows and sales in Quebec and around the US.  I would study the show book and see what was winning. That was how I used to breed the cattle here at Lylehaven.”  Sue once told a reporter that she had one goal when breeding cattle,

“I want to hear the vet say, ‘She’s pregnant!’”

She points out that at the end of the day “Even if they’re showing they’ve got to breed back for the next year!”  This focused attitude covers all areas of Sue’s cattle breeding philosophy. “I have never really been interested in getting bulls into studs.  I want a barn full of great cows.  We work at that every day and I wouldn’t trade any part of this work.  You take what you can use and walk away from the rest.” She applies that measurement to new technologies such as genomics too which she feels complement her strategy for building cow families. “Albert Cormier four or five years ago told me that when you have a cow family, you have genomics.  It’s there.  A cow family that transmits is going to have genomics.”  Susan has the optimism and persistence it takes to make the plans and wait for the results.

Finding Lili Foretells the Lila Z Future

Enthusiasm followed by patience is the story of Sue’s favorite cow Thiersant Lili Starbuck-ET 5E 94. “I bought Lili.  It was Jerry’s 70th birthday. Julian Chabot called from a show in Quebec about a just fresh two year old that I needed to see. We went up and I bought her that day.  I grew up in an era when Starbuck was very popular.  She was not a hard sell and I liked the pedigree behind her. I don’t know if she had ever won at a show. Then she was just a fresh junior two year old.” The compelling story continues. “After 30 or 40 days she had not bred back so in December I decided to flush her.  That’s what prompted the Formation flush. Julian made the mating. The credit goes to him.” She sums it up with the give and take dynamic that had been established. “Julian knew we were looking.  We trusted Julian. There was a big trust factor”.



Starbuck Lili “This is a Great Brood Cow!”

Once at Lylehaven, Lili’s story was about to unfold. “Lili was only flushed twice as a two year old and we didn’t flush again till she was four or five. She has had several matings and we never really had a bad one.” Looking back at 18 years with Lili, Sue knows what the development process takes. “It’s called patience. I’m not sure with today’s fast pace that we have it any more!” Lili’s story certainly needed patience before seeing the momentum build. “Lili was six or seven when the Formations started to calve in and we said, ‘Hey! This is a great brood cow!” Not only did she breed well but her offspring show well too!


“No other cow family has had three first place winners at the Royal in one year.”

In 2013 there were three Lili family members in first place! Sue enjoyed the excitement of all three winners having Lili as their third dam. “When I saw the Lili’s winning at the Royal, I knew the families and how they got the daughters.  First came the Senior Calf winner, Comestar Larion Goldwyn and then the 2 year old, Belfast Goldwyn Lasenza.  Then Calbrett Goldwyn Layla won Mature Cow!”  No other cow family has had three first place winners at the Royal in one year!

1ST JR.2-YR ROYAL 2013

Love for a Cow Family

With all those years together and the growing list of successful offspring, it isn’t surprising that the greatest love of all for Sue Brown was for Lili. Unfortunately, all those years came to a sudden heart-wrenching end.  Sue recalls her day-to-day admiration for Lili. ”I could place four hands in between her eyes!” The relationship with Lili had been more than just manager for one of the cows in her care. ”She was in the same stall her whole life. Never ever was Lili in a different pen.  The day she went down I was at a football game.” Not being able to see her on her last day was hard to say the least. That empty space when I got home at 11 o’clock was a shock. “When I got back to Lylehaven Hal said. ‘Sue, it’s better that you weren’t here. She went down and you always told us not to let her suffer.’”  Sue speaks from the heart. “That was the hardest thing I’ve had to go through in a long time.”  And so that space will always echo the one in Sue’s heart as Lylehaven and Lili’s legacy continue. But her love for the process lifts her up. “We must have six Lili’s milking right now. ” After Lili’s passing each new Lili calving took on a new feeling. “When they were born and Lili wasn’t here it was bittersweet!” The past and the future… not quite together.


Families Who Love Cow Families

As with cow families, Sue feels dairy breeding families are extra special as well and puts one family very high on the list. “It would have to be the Chabot family. They each have their strengths.  They are always willing to help and promote the breed. They’ve always been by my side.” Sue knew Julian Chabot as a sire analyst before she went to Lylehaven. “We are only an hour from Quebec. I have such admiration for this family. They are still real breeders. They still have the passion.” It is this passion that brings people together in the extended dairy family.  Sue has many there as well. ““I like talking to real dairymen.  It gives you back your perspective. “She appreciates Don Bennink of North Florida Holsteins and includes him in the ‘real breeder’ category. They shared their Raidar stories, “Loved them but couldn’t get her bred back!”

Of course her years at Lylehaven have been touched by another gentleman who loves cattle, cow families and people. “Jerry Rappaport is a great family man.  That is one of the reasons he still has this farm. It’s part of his family.  Jerry never saw it as a burden but as a passion. What first started as a retreat from Boston … and then discovered to be fun.  He absorbs a lot and he is really smart.”  You really never know when dairy cattle breeding fever will hit and there is irony in Sue Brown’s own dairy history.  Although she doesn’t herself come from a dairy breeder family, her twin sister is a Holstein Consultant for Holstein USA in Pennsylvania and Maryland. With her trademark laugh in full swing, Sue reports that her Mother who lives in Massachusetts thinks it’s interesting. “Although Mother grew up on a dairy farm, she wonders how the oldest two got the cow bug.” Maybe Mom always knew that dairy-love requires 365 days of taking care of the cows and probably wishes her girls had more time for visiting!

At Lylehaven the Price is Always Right!

For Sue Brown time for visiting usually has a lot to do with buying and selling and then developing great cows. Believing that every cow should be priced Sue says, “We will always sell one!”  She has always held true to this philosophy.  It led to the selling of Lila Z. “When asked for a price on Lila Z she priced her at $20,000.  She was a baby March calf and I probably though it might have kept her at the farm. But you never back away from a cheque.  You do what you say you’re going to do and live with it.”  And sometimes everything works out perfectly. “Steve Briggs phoned after the 2013 Royal and said Lylehaven didn’t even have to spend one dime on advertising.  Three family members won at the Royal! It was the right place at the right time.”   (Read more: Lylehaven Lila Z : Was She Really Worth $1.15 Million?)


1ST JR.2-YR ROYAL 2004

The Celebration of Lylehaven Sale

And now the sale becomes the right next step. “And so it is good to have a sale.” says Sue. “It is the final accomplishment for Jerry.”  Looking ahead to May 23 Sue sees the numbers shaping up.  “We will be selling about 120.  There will be closer to 140 in sale. There will be some guest consignments out of the Lili family. People have been great to us.” We’ve flushed an Atwood (two Jr 3 91) to Bradnick and Numero Uno.  We will have nine or ten of her daughters in the sale.”

The Dream of Lili Continues

The legacy of Lili’s descendants will keep rising as her offspring continue to take centre stage. “I think the best Lili is still here.  The Atwood – junior three year old scored 91 points.  She was just fresh three and a half weeks.” Julian Chabot saw her and exclaimed. “Formation Laura with a chine!”  As a dairy industry supporter Sue sees the importance of the next generation being as important as the next cattle generation. “There will always be young people. When I think of the people who cultivated me, I wonder if I’ve given back enough so that young people see the passion and dedication this calling inspires.  That is part of the excitement.  Young people are the future of the dairy industry. We must give them a chance.”

The Bullvine Bottom Line

Sue sums it up. “Everything changes. That’s the beauty of our industry.”

While in some ways the dream is departing for Jerry Rappaport, Lylehaven and Sue Brown, the legacy of cows, cow families and great dairy memories will carry the legacy they have developed far into the future.

Thank you for showing us that to achieve your goals you have to develop your dreams. 


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Durham vs. Goldwyn: A Clash of Two Titans

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Inspired by the recent announcement of Regancrest Elton Durham siring the most excellent cows in the U.S. (Read more – Durham Passes Elevation to Become the Leading Sire of Excellent Cows in the U.S.) and Braedale Goldwyn the most in Canada (Read more – Goldwyn First Ever to 1000 EX Daughters in Canada), we here at The Bullvine thought it would be a great time to take a closer look at these genetic giants to  see who has had more impact on the Holstein breed.

The Regancrest Elton Durham Story

Durham coverBred by Regancrest Farms, Waukon, Iowa, Durham was born in 1994 and would go on to be one of the most popular sires of the first decade of the new millennium. Durham’s pedigree combines Bell and Chief Mark bloodlines as he was by a son of Bell, and Snow-N Denises Dellia (EX).  His dam was out of a Bell daughter. Also Dellia and Effie, his sire’s dam, were both from Chief sons and his pedigree shows four Ivanhoe crosses and two to Fond Matt.  Durham has left a very consistent transmitting pattern in both his daughters and his sons. Due to his low production numbers, he was not used heavily as a sire of sons, but his daughters have seen extensive use as bull mothers.

For five consecutive years 2003-2007, Durham was Premier Sire at World Dairy Expo.  This certainly establishes Durham as a once-in-a-lifetime sire of type.  His pattern leaves long bodies, broad and flat rumps, udders that are well attached and  wide rear udders.  However what made him so successful in the show ring was that Durham also transmitted outstanding dairyness and style.

Durham Sons

Durham sons were extremely consistent in their pattern and, at one point, eight of them were in the top ten spots for P.T.A.T (2005).  Some highlights include:

    From the Saturday family, his dam was Sher-Est Emory Swanny (EX). Mr Sam is also the sire of the popular type sire Pine-Tree Sid, who is the sire of Micheret Alexandra Sid (VG-88-2YR) All-American (tied) and All-Canadian Senior 2yr old in 2010.
    Sampled in Spain, Duplex was the highest type sire in the US for several summaries, with high numbers for udders and feet & legs.  Similar to Mr Sam, Duplex was also from an Emory dam this time going back to Henkeseen Mark Marci (EX-94).
    Modest was Durham’s highest production son from Meadow Bridge Aero Missy (EX).
    At one time, Fortune was in the top 10 on the Canadian LPI list.  Probably best known now for being the sire of the winning 4 year old at the 2012 Royal, Macpes Fortune Koquine EX-94-Can.
    From a great maternal breeding family, Primetime was the Durham son of Windy-Knoll-View Peggy (EX-94), and had a high type proof and for a long time was among the top Herd Life sires in Canada.  He was also the sire of the 2006 World Dairy Expo Junior Champion and All-American fall calf, Wm Ariannas Pt Aesha.

Durham Daughters

Daughters represent  the area where Durham has had his greatest impact. There are many great daughters to choose from. Here are just a few:

    Probably best known for being the dam of KHW Kite Advent who was Premier Sire of the Grand International Red and White show for three consecutive years and KHW Regiment Apple who was Grand Champion of the 2011 International Red & White Holstein show.
    Probably best known for being the second highest selling cow in Canadian History (Read more – Lylehaven Lila Z: Was she really worth $1.15 Million? and 2012 Golden Dam Finalist) she is also the dam of 2012 Canadian Cow of the Year Nominee, Comestar Goldwyn Lilac (VG-89) who’s descendants led the way at the recent Genetics By Design Sale (Read more – Genetics By Design – Crosses the $4,000,000 Mark).
    All-American in her own right as a 3yr old in 2005, Atlee is probably best known for her sons who dominate the current type evaluations: MS Atlees Sht Aftershock (+18 Conformation Dec*12); Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood (+17 Conformation Dec*12) and MR Atlees AltaAmazing (+16 Conformation Dec*12).  Atlee herself traces back to the great brood cow AITKENBRAE STARBUCK ADA EX-CAN EX-94-2E-USA DOM 4* (Read more – MD DELIGHT DURHAM ATLEE – 2012 Golden Dam Finalist).
    BARBIE is the sixth generation of the Regancrest breeding program combining both the Dellias and the Brinas.  Eleven of her daughters are ranked in the top 25 of the American type index list.  Barbie’s offspring consistently generate top prices at international sales.  In 2009, granddaughter and fellow 2012 Golden Dam finalist, Regancrest S Chassity EX 92, sold in a package with her offspring for $1.5 million.  Barbie is the dam of 14 EX & 16 VG daughters and, currently, one of the breed’s leading type sires – Braxton EX-95.
    Daisy does it all.  She has high production, fitness, longevity and outstanding type.  This Excellent Durham granddaughter of Markwell Bstar Raven EX-95, who as a young cow made many waves at Madison, also transmits it all.  Daisy’s dam Markwell Luke Rapture recently passed away at 18 years of age.  Numerous daughters, granddaughters and their sons distinguish themselves in the genomic rankings.  As a bull dam in 2010, Daisy had some fabulous results with the high-ranking O-Man sons Dakota (the Netherlands), Duke (Germany), and Osaka (Spain).  In 2012, Daisy’s first progeny sampled grandson, Danillo, provided an impressive sequel with top position in the Netherlands.  Also of note is her grandson Goldday (By Goldwyn) who is from A-L-H Destiny and currently the top International Sires on the BPI List (Read more – Bullvine Performance Index (BPI) – Top Sires December 2012)

While Durham daughters were not typically the hardest milkers they were some of the most trouble free cows and, as more attention is being given to this, Durham decedents are gaining more attention again.  Because of their health traits, Durham daughters have been appearing on the Net-Merit lists and have A.I. studs using them heavily as dams  of sons, not just to get type sires, but to also get Net-Merit list toppers.

The Braedale Goldwyn Story

goldwyn test sire sheetGoldwyn has been an extremely popular sire worldwide since his initial proof in 2004.  This is not surprising given the strong maternal line behind him.  His dam Braedale Baler Twine (VG-86 23*) was Canada’s cow of the year in 2007 and his second dam Braedale Gypsy Grand (VG-88 36*) was the Canadian Cow of the year in 2003.  While many think that Goldwyn made the name for this cow family, long before Goldwyn was proven the family was already proving itself with Gypsy Grand sons Goodluck, Freelance, Spy, Freeman and Bold topping the bull list and daughters Cheetah, Second Cut, and Clairvoyant topping the cow lists.  This explains why Baler Twine was contracted as a virgin heifer at a time when the family name was not as prevalent as it is now.

According to E.Y Morwick in his book The Holstein History, “The pedigree of Braedale Goldwyn offers a clinic on the art of successful line breeding.  He carried three close crosses to Madawaska Aerostar: Sharemar James, his sire, was out of the Aerostar daughter, Stelbro Jenine Aerostar (VG); Braedale Baler Twine, his dam, was sired by Maughlin Storm, an Aerostar son; and Braedale Moonriver, dam of Braedale Gypsy Grand (Goldwyn’s maternal grand-dam), was an Aerostar daughter.  In Goldwyn’s lineage were three crosses to Walkway Chief Mark: Shoremar James and Braedale Gypsy Grand were both by Mark CJ Gillbrook Grand, a Chief Mark son; while Gypsy’s maternal granddam was Sunnylodge Chief Vick (VG 2*), a Chief Mark daughter.”

By February of 2009, Goldwyn had racked up a pretty impressive list of accomplishments, including finishing in the top six on the Canadian LPI list 14 out of 15 times.  He was number one once and number two twice.  He was also the top rated sire for conformation 11 times.  In 2008 when Goldwyn won Premier Sire at World Dairy Expo (ending Durham’s long reign), he was not only the youngest sire in 25 years to do so, but he was also the first bull who topped the LPI list to do so. With his win in 2012, Goldwyn has now tied Durham in achieving five consecutive Premier Sire awards at World Dairy Expo.

Goldwyn Sons

In addition to Goldday mentioned above, there have been impressive sons.  While maybe not LPI or TPI list toppers, they have certainly passed on the high type traits that Goldwyn has to offer.  They include:

    Underrated by many, Fever is more than just a high type sire (+16 Conformation Dec *12) he is also a great mastitis and fertility improvement sire making him a great sire to address the major herd culling problems and should probably get greater attention from many breeding programs (Read more – From Fantasy to Reality – Top Sires to Address Herd Culling Problems).
    Similar to Durham, many Goldwyn sons did not excel in production but did offer great improvement in conformation and health and fertility traits.  Dempsey is one such case.  His daughters would not WOW you with their production, but their strong components, outstanding udders and legs, combined with long herd life and low somatic cell score, certainly make them favorites among their owners.
    Atwood is probably the sire that is going to give Goldwyn the closest run for his money, over the next few years, at the Royal and World Dairy Expo.  His daughters are already putting up some impressive show results (Read more – Breeding The Next Show Winners) and he was among our picks for one of the sires to breed the next World Dairy Expo Champion (Read more – 7 Sires to Use in Order to Breed the Next World Dairy Expo Champion).  Of course Atwood is from the magic cross of Goldwyn on Durham that has produced many great results.  His dam is one of the top Durham daughters MD-DELIGHT DURHAM ATLEE EX-92-4YR-USA DOM GMD 6* (Mentioned above).
    Lauthority combines two of Canada’s greatest cow families, the Gypsy Grand’s and the Laurie Sheik’s. His dam is COMESTAR LAUTELMA IGNITER who is proving she can leave top sons and top daughters as proven by COMESTAR LAUTAMIE TITANIC VG-89-2YR-CAN 14* who was Reserve All-Canadian Jr. 2yr old in 2006.
    Guthrie is currently Goldwyn’s highest proven LPI son at +2494 that has him in the top 50 MACE  gLPI sires.  Guthrie is one of the few Goldwyn sons over 1000 KG of milk and combines that with extreme type (+16 Conformation) and solid health and fertility traits.

Goldwyn Daughters

Similarly to Durham, Goldwyn  has made a bigger impact through the maternal side. Some of his  most notable daughters include:

The Bullvine Bottom Line

There is no doubt that Goldwyn and Durham are the two greatest type sires since the turn of the century.  However, they have yet to leave that legacy son that tops the lists.  While Goldwyn does have Atwood who is going to give him a run for his money at the upcoming North American shows, there is no top index sire to continue the tradition.  For both sires the greatest impact is going to come through their daughters and in that area Goldwyn holds much more opportunity, since Durham was found to be a carrier for CVM and could not be used in countries like Canada, greatly limiting his potential impact.  Which brings us to the question, “Is Goldwyn’s dominance because  he has had a greater opportunity than Durham did (Read more – Braedale Goldwyn: Is He the Greatest Type Sire Ever?).  What is clear is that Goldwyn daughters have fared much better in the show ring while Durham daughters have proven themselves more when it comes to proven sons.  Though the quality of both these sires’ progeny is certainly of the highest level, it will take time to determine just which one of these two sires will have the greatest final impact.


Before a standing room only crowd, one of the greatest cattle genetics partnerships, GMO (GenerVations, Mapel Wood, and O’Connor Land & Cattle Co.) reaped the fruits of their investments for an outstanding average of $27,666 on 175 lots. Vision, commitment and hard work came together at the Genetics By Design Sale.

Albert Cormier and LYLEHAVEN LILA Z

Albert Cormier and LYLEHAVEN LILA Z

Fueled by the original purchase of COMESTAR GOLDWYN LILAC VG-89-5YR-CAN as a heifer for just under  $60,000, this group has developed one of the most in-demand cow families in the world.  Of course Lilac’s dam is none other than the $1.15 Million cow, LYLEHAVEN LILA Z EX-94-CAN 14*, who, at the time  she sold, had many wondering if she was really worth it?  (Read – Lylehaven Lila Z: Was She Really Worth $1.15 Million?)  It  is evident from  this sale, that  those questions have been answered. As auctioneer Brian Craswell emphasized, “It’s not how much the animals will bring but how much you will make” that was spurring on eager investors.

Leading the way was the #1 GLPI cow in Canada OCONNORS PLANET LUCIA VG-86-2YR-CAN.  She and her ten daughters and fifteen first choices from her and her daughters totaled $2,119,500 or an astounding average of $81,519..  Very  impressive even for one of the most in-demand young cows in the world.  (Read – The Sensational 6 Top North American Genomic Holsteins We Would Invest In).  Lucia herself drew the second highest bid of the day selling at $410,000 to Bert DeBruyn of Select Genetics LLC, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.  One of the key things about this entire  cow family is that they flush well, which is a key component in any genetics program (Read – What Comes First The Chicken Or The Egg?)

Numer Uno daughters of OCONNORS PLANET LUCIA VG-86-2YR-CAN

Numer Uno daughters of OCONNORS PLANET LUCIA VG-86-2YR-CAN

As Mapel Wood’s Len Vis points out to our readers ”You need to invest in the best and forget the rest.”  (Read Mapel Wood Farms – Invest In The Rest Forget The Rest!)  That is exactly what Oscar & Eric Dupasquier, Guelph, Ont., Cormdale Genetics Inc., Bethany, Ont., Impact Agr.  Div. LA, Burlington, Ont., and Al.Be.Ro. Land & Cattle, Piacenza, Italy did in purchasing OCONNORS LAST HOPE for $475,000. She is currently the number one GTPI “Numero Uno” sired calf in the world with a +2672 GTPI and a +3534 GPA LPI.  While not the highest of the Numero Uno daughters, Last Hope is  an outstanding individual in her own right and sparked great interest.  This heifer really is the complete package. She has  that rare combination of personal conformation, production, durability, and health and fertility numbers.  In talking with Oscar and Eric Dupasquier they said, “In today’s marketplace you have to work with the very best, there really is no mid-market anymore.”  In purchasing part of Last Hope, that is exactly what they have done.

In a re-tooling initiative, Stanton Brothers were the major Genetics By Design buyers. They were  the contending bid on Last Hope and ended up purchasing her higher genomic index full sister, MAPEL WOOD LAST DANCE for $365,000.  Last Dance is the highest GPA LPI daughter of Lucia, and is the #1 GPA LPI Numero Uno in the world.  Not done there, Stantons also purchased OCONNORS BOULDER LUNA, the Mapelwood Boulder (Man-O-Man x Gen-I-Beq Shottle Bombi) from Lucia.  Luna is a  full sister to the much talked about new release sires from GenerVations, Liquid Gold, Fuzion and Gizmo.  (Read – $750 Dollar Semen!  Are They Crazy?) Obviously Stanton’s have been reading the Bullvine.  (Read – Top Three Things To Consider When Investing In High Genomic Cows)

Another cow family that generated high interest and top prices was that of GEN-I-BEQ SHOTTLE BOMBI  EX-92-6YR-USA 3*.  A Flevo Genetics Snowman daughter, Oconnors Snowman Bermuda, out of Bombi’s highest index daughter GEN-I-BEQ MANOMAN BIBI VG-85-2YR-CAN, sold for $125,000.  Bermuda has an outstanding DGV LPI of +4077, 294 kg of Fat and Protein and is the #6 GPA LPI heifer in Canada.  Also topping the sale from the Bombi family was her polled and red carrier Colt-P daughter MAPEL WOOD COLT BRENDA who sold for $113,000. Brenda’s first choice Earnhardt daughter that was guaranteed to have at least one homozygous female option sold for $115,000.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

The GMO partnership provides  an outstanding model for how A.I. and top breeders can work together to accelerate their genetic programs.  These three first came together under the mentorship of Albert Cormier (Genetics By Design sale  manager) and have developed a long-standing mutually beneficial relationship.

The Rest of the Story

  • Lot 1- $410,000-Oconnors Planet Lucia VG-86 2YR #1 GLPI Cow in Canada @+3823 GTPI +2429 Back by the great Lila Z family
  • Lot 1A- $30,000-1st Choice Mascalese from 4 females due May ’13 x OConnors Planet Lucia #1 Cow in Canada 08/12 Lot 1B- $85,000-1st choice McCutchen from 3 Females due May ’13 x OConnors Planet Lucia #1 Cow in Canada 08/12
  • Lot 1C- $70,000-1st choice Supersire from 1 female due Jun’13 x OConnors Planet Lucia #1 Cow in Canada 08/12
  • Lot 1D- $85,000-1st choice Earnhardt from 3 pregs x OConnors Planet Lucia #1 Cow in Canada 08/12
  • Lot 1E- $70,000-1st choice Numero Uno from 2 pregs x OConnors Planet Lucia #1 Cow in Canada 08/12
  • Lot 1F- $30,000-1st choice from 6 Cashcoin & 6 Man O Man transfers due Aug’13 x OConnors Planet Lucia #1 Cow in Canada 08/12
  • Lot 2- $475,000- Numero Uno x OConnors Planet Lucia GTPI+3823 #1 Cow in Canada, Numero Uno’s last Hope #1 GTPI Numero Uno in the World, #4 GTPI overall GTPI in World (09.12)
  • Lot 3-$365,000- Last Dance #7 Heifer in Canada GLPI+3710 #1 GPA LPI Numero Uno in the World Buyer: Stanton Farms, ON
  • Lot 4- $90,000-Mapelwood Snowman Lexus GTPI+2356 GPA LPI+2673 DGV+3798 (Snowman x Planet Lucia-#1 Cow in Canada (08/12) Buyer: Stanton Farms, ON
  • Lot 4 A- $37,000- Choice Mapelwood Snowman Lexus GTPI+2356 x Ernhardt pregs due in june guaranteed 1 polled female
  • Lot 4B- $20,000- Choice Mapelwood Snowman Lexus McCutchen & Supersire pregnancies
  • Lot 5- $45,000- OConnors Snowman Lexie GTPI+2194 PTAT+3.01 (Snowman x Planet Lucia #1 Cow in Canada)
  • Lot 5A- $15,000 1st Choice Supersire, McCutchen & Numero Uno due July 13 x OConnors Snowman Lexie GTPI+2194 PTAT +3.01
  • Lot 6- $135,000 – OConnors Boulder Luna GTPI+2499 PTAT+3.23 GPA LPI+3357 DGV+3656 #1 Boulder in the World (boulder x Planet Lucia # 1 GLPI Cow in Canada)
  • Lot 6A-$38,000- 1st Choice Hunter pregs due July ’13 x OConnors Boulder Luna #1 Boulder in the World
  • Lot 6B- $35,000-1st Choice Supersire & Cashcoin due July ’13 x OConnors Boulder Luna #1 Boulder in the World
  • Lot 7- $70,000- Mapel Wood Boulder Limerick GTPI+2394 PTAT +3.17 GPA LPI+3537 DGV+3578(Boulder x OConnors Planet Lucia #1 GLPI in Canada)
  • Lot 7A- $18,000 – 1st Choice x McCutchen & Ernhardt PO & Supersire females due July’13 x Mapel Wood boulder Limerick #2 Boulder in the World tied for #13 GPA LPI heifer in Canada
  • Lot 8- $49,000- OConnors Epic Last chance GTPI+2319 PTAT+3.38 GPA LPI+3465 DGV+3569 #20 Heifer in Canada 08/12 (Epic x OConnors Planet Lucia #1 Cow in Canada 08/12) Buyer: Stanton Farms
  • Lot 9-$14,500- Mapel Wood Sudan last Time GTPI+2174 PTAT+2.52 GPA LPI+3050 (Sudan x OConnors Planet Lucia #1 Cow in Canada 08/12)
  • Lot 10 -$14,500 Mapel Wood Willrock Lovelace GTPI+2286 GPA LPI+3003 DGV+3151 #1 GTPI & GPA LPI Willrock in the World (Willrock x OConnors Planet Lucia)
  • Lot 10A- $8,000-1st Choice Hunter female due July ’13 x Mapel Wood Willrock Lovelace #1 Willrock Heifer in the world
  • Lot 11- $9500-OConnors Willrock Lovable GTPI+2235 PTAT+3.55 #2 GA LPI & GTPI Willrock in the World
  • Lot 12- $77,000-Mapel Wood MOM Lucy GP-84 2yr GPA LPI +3299 sells with embryo contract 6 @$3000 MAS full sister to Lexor dam Lilac x Lila Z) Buyer; Morsan Farms Ltd.
  • Lot 12 B- $29.000- 1st choice from 2 Ladd P females due Nov ’12 1 guaranteed polled female x Mapel Wood OM Lucy GP-84 2yr
  • Lot 12A- $30,000-1st choice 2 Mogul females due Nov’12 x Mapel Wood MOM Lucy GP-84 2yr
  • Lot 13A- $6500-1st choice 4 females by Snowman x Goldwyn Lilac VG-89
  • Lot 13B- $16,000-1st Choice Numero Uno female due Dec’12 & Jan’13 x Comestar Goldwyn Lilac VG-89
  • Lot 13C-$14,000-1st Choice 1 Sid female preg x Goldwyn Lilac VG-89
  • Lot 14- $95,000 – OConnors Living the Dream GTPI+2515 GPA LPI+3755 DGV+4144 DGV+19 Type #2 GPA LPI Epic dtr in the world (Epic x Mapel Wood MOM Lucy GPA LPI+3299 x Goldwyn Lilac VG-89)
  • Lot 147 – $20,000- Cedarwal Aftershock Lady Z fancy Aftershock x Lylehaven Lila Z
  • Lot 15- $16,500-Mapel Wood Epic Limitless GTPI+2280 GPA LPI+2960 DGV+2949 DGV+17 Type (Epic x Mapel Wood MOM Lucy GPA LPI+3299 x Goldwyn Lilac VG-89)
  • Lot 16- $8,000- O Connors Epic Lotto GTPI+2230 PTAT+2.37 GPA LPI+2951 Jul’12 (Epic x Mapel Wood MOM Lucy GP-84 2yr GPA LPI +$3299)
  • Lot 17- $8000-Mapel Wood Sudan Lexie GPA LPI+3178 DGV+195 kg combined F&P GTPI+2273 (Sudan x MOM Lucy GP-84 x Goldwyn Lilac VG-89)
  • Lot 18 – $6200- O Connors Sudan Lullaby GTPI+2182 PTAT+2.41 (Sudan x MOM Lucy GP-84 x Goldwyn Lilac VG-89)
  • Lot 19- $60,000- Mapel Wood Ladd laine PO RDC PA LPI+2728 (Ladd P x Mapel Wood MOM Lucy GP-84 2yr GPA LPI +3299)
  • Lot 20 – $12,500 Genervations Freddie Lasby preg due Epic GTPI+1985 (Freddie x Godlwyn Lilac)
  • Lot 21- $12,500 Genervations Freddie Lisa GTPI+2149 due Mar to Brawler (Freddie x Goldwyn Lilac VG-89)
  • Lot 21A- $400 per embryo
  • Lot 21B- $400 per embryo
  • Lot 23- $8500-O Connors Epic Langley GTPI+2056 PTAT+2.54 (Epic x Goldwyn Lilac VG-89)
  • Lot 24- $15,000- OConnors Epic Lilac Breeze GTPI+2335 GPA LPI+2985 DGV+3011 (Epicx Goldwyn Lilac VG-89)
  • Lot 25 – $17,000-Mapel Wood Shottle Lacey VG-86 2yr Shottle sister to Planet Lucia (Shottle x Comestar Goldwyn Lilac VG-89 x Lila Z)
  • Lot 26- $8500- OConnors Boulder Lie to Me GLPI+2116 PTAT+3.24 GPA LPI+2334 (Boulder x Mapel Wood Shottle Lacey VG-86 2yr)
  • Lot 27- $17,000-Mapel Wood Shottle Lilac GP-83 2yr x Goldwyn Lilac VG-89 x Lila Z)
  • Lot 27A- $4800-1st choice of 3 McCutchen pregs due May ’13 x Mapel Wood Shottle Lilac GP-83
  • Lot 27B- $600/emb 5 #1 embryos by McCutchen x Mapel Wood Shottle Lilac GP-83
  • Lot 28 – $8000-Hazbro Sid Loca (Sid x Mapel Wood Shottle Lili VG-88 x Goldwyn Lilac VG-89)
  • Lot 29- $3000- Jul 12 Windhammer x Goldwyn Lilac
  • Lot 30 – $2900- Sept 2012 Windhammer x Goldwyn Lilac
  • Lot 31- $3500- Sept 2012 Windhammer x Goldwyn Lilac
  • Lot 32-$3600-OConnors Million Lilly (Million x Godlwyn Lilac)
  • Lot 33- $1600-Brewmaster x Million Lilly
  • Lot 34- $2500-OConnors Ladd Lacy GPTI+2016 GPA LPI+2352 (Ladd P x GoldwyN Lilac)
  • Lot 35- $33,000- Mapel Wood Epic Lauren (Sept 12 LPI+2531 Epic x Goldwyn Lilac VG-89)
  • Lot 36- $OConnors Ladd Lula (Ladd x Goldwyn Lilac VG-89)
  • Lot 37-$2900-O Connors Brewmaster Latte GTPI2095 GLPI+2495 (Brewmaster x Goldwyn Lilac)
  • Lot 38- $2800-OconorsLadd Lakisha (Ladd P x Goldwyn Lilac VG-89)
  • Lot 39- $2200 – Mapel Wood Ladd Lana LPI+2531 (Ladd P x Goldwyn Lilac VG-89)
  • Lot 40- $4100- Mapel Wood MW Brewmaster Lorina GTPI+2224 (Brewmaster x Goldwyn Lilac VG-89)
  • Lot 41- $2300
  • Lot 43-$32,000
  • Lot 44- $600
  • Lot 45-$5500
  • Lot 46-$14,000
  • Lot 47-$8000
  • Lot 48-$4000
  • Lot 50-$2600
  • Lot 52-$4800
  • Lot 53- $2400
  • Lot 54- $2600
  • Lot 55- $2400
  • Lot 57- $2600
  • Lot 63-$4000
  • Lot 64-$2900
  • Lot 67-$10,500
  • Lot 68-$6100
  • Lot 69-$3100
  • Lot 69a- $400 per embryo
  • Lot 69B- $400 per embryo
  • Lot 70-$1600
  • Lot 71-$2100
  • Lot 72-$5200
  • Lot 75- $113,000- Mapel Wood Colt Brenda RDC PO (Colt P x Geni I Beq Shottle Bombi EX)
  • Lot 86 -$83,000-Gen I Beq Man O Man Bibi VG GTPI+2217 GPA LPI+3156 DGV+3328 (Man O Man x Shottle Barbi full sister to Bombi, Bibi is maternal sister to Brawler)
  • Lot 86A- $21,000-Ladd or Supersire pregs x Man O Man Bibi VG
  • Lot 86B- $2200 per embryo-6 nbr 1 McCutchen embryos, Galaxy, Mascalese x Man o Man Bibi VG
  • Lot 87- $125,000-OConnors Snowman Bermuda GTPI+2338 GPA LPI+3711 DGV+4077 DGV+294 combined F+P (Snowman x Manoman Bibi)
  • Lot 88- $18,000- Mapel Wood Epic Believe in Me GTPI+2247 GPA LPI+3140 DGV+3154 (Epic x Manoman Bibi)
  • Lot 89- $15,000 choice of 4 females
  • Lot 89A- $44,000- Choice of 2 Ladd P Females 1 polled female one due Dec`12 from Manoman Bibi VG
  • Lot 90-$14,000
  • Lot 90A – 6,500
  • Lot 90b – $13,500
  • Lot 90C 9,500
  • Lot 90E 20,000
  • Lot 90F 9,500
  • Lot 91 23,000
  • Lot 92 3,900
  • Lot 94 7500
  • Lot 95 3000
  • Lot 96 10000
  • Lot 97 3000
  • Lot 98 2200
  • Lot 100 2100
  • Lot 101 4400
  • Lot 103 5200
  • Lot 104 38000
  • Lot 105 2200
  • Lot 106 11000
  • Lot 107 2500
  • Lot 108 17000
  • Lot 108a 3500
  • Lot 109 3500
  • Lot 110 1900
  • Lot 116 3200
  • Lot 115 2100
  • Lot 114 1700
  • Lot 117 1800
  • Lot 118 2200
  • Lot 119 23000
  • Lot 120 6200
  • Lot 112 2750
  • Lot 113 1100
  • Lot 124 3800
  • Lot 124a 1750
  • Lot 124b 1300
  • Lot 122 3200
  • Lot 123 2500
  • Lot 133 3100
  • Lot 125 2700
  • Lot 126 3400
  • Lot 127 1600
  • Lot 129 2900
  • Lot 134 64000
  • Lot 135 2900
  • Lot 139 24000
  • Lot 136 3500
  • Lot 138 2700
  • Lot 140 5500
  • Lot 141 3400
  • Lot 143 5000
  • Lot 144 3100
  • Lot 145 2000

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